Did you know the National Watermelon Association (NWA) holds an annual convention to celebrate all things watermelon? This year, the meeting was held in the country music capital of the world: Nashville, Tennessee. From seed spitting contests to an evening at the Grand Ole Opry, the NWA convention was one-in-a-melon.
The Annual Convention is also a time for crowning the next National Watermelon Queen. *drum roll* Introducing the 2018 National Watermelon Queen, Savannah Christensen!
About Savannah Christensen, 2018 NWA Queen
Miss Savannah is an outgoing 21-year-old from Arcadia, Florida. She is also a student at the University of South Florida where she is majoring in Nursing and minoring in Psychology. Upon graduation, Savannah hopes to add ‘Nurse Anesthetist’ alongside her National Watermelon Queen title.
Before her recent crowning, Savannah Christensen was the 2017 Florida Watermelon Queen. As state queen, she traveled across the United States representing the organization while also promoting the consumption of Florida watermelon.
When she is not attending watermelon conventions or studying for midterms, Savannah enjoys canvas painting and drawing. Join us in welcoming Savannah Christensen, the 2018 National Watermelon Queen!
Interview with the 2018 National Watermelon Queen
THANKS FOR TAKING SOME TIME OUT OF YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE TO CHAT WITH US! HOW HAS YOUR LIFE CHANGED NOW THAT YOU’RE THE NATIONAL WATERMELON QUEEN?
I’ve definitely learned a lot about myself and about other people. I’m more personable and comfortable with people and appreciate how each and every person impacts me. I have learned something from every single person I’ve met. I love making connections with new people and growing my personal and professional communities.
DO YOU HAVE TO WEAR THE SASH AND TIARA EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE, OR JUST FOR SPECIAL WATERMELON EVENTS?
For all watermelon events, absolutely. The crown signals a welcome, and invitation to talk and a friendly educator wanting share a smile.
EVERY WATERMELON QUEEN HAS SOME SORT OF BACKGROUND TIE TO WATERMELON. WHAT’S YOURS?
I grew up in a small town that’s agriculture based. My family is in citrus. I started competing in different competitions at age 4 and am very familiar with the responsibilities of Queens as ambassadors of the industry. I actually started as DeSoto Watermelon Queen where I participated in hometown parades and an auction. I met a lot of people in watermelon there before I became Florida Watermelon Queen. Both of those roles helped prepare me for the National Queen position.
YOU’RE GOING TO BE TRAVELLING A LOT OVER THE NEXT YEAR. WHAT PART OF BEING WATERMELON QUEEN ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO?
I am so excited to meet even more people as I travel outside of my home state of Florida across the US and even in Canada! I love to interact with new people and learn about their personal stories, and I’m just so excited to meet lots of new people.
HAS ANYONE EVER ASKED YOU TO AUTOGRAPH A WATERMELON?
No they haven’t! I would probably sign it. I’m still not used to kids asking for autographs, that wasn’t something they prepared us for in training!
NOW THAT YOU’RE QUEEN, WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHANGE YOU’D LIKE TO MAKE DURING YOUR REIGN?
I’m looking forward to educating people about the value of watermelon. There is a huge misconception that watermelon is expensive, like it’s a luxury or overpriced. But you can get a LOT of watermelon for the price. Like 3 dozen servings from one whole watermelon! My mom was a single mother and growing up it was a staple in our house. You can eat watermelon anytime a day and it can feed a ton of people. I’ve learned so much about watermelon’s value and benefits and I feel it’s important to share that with as many people as possible.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR THE GIRLS OUT THERE WHO WOULD LIKE TO BE A WATERMELON QUEEN SOMEDAY?
Girls – Be yourself 150%! That was the biggest thing my mom and grandma told me. Within any competition you can tell when someone isn’t themselves and isn’t being genuine and real. Love yourself, have confidence and put every ounce of effort in. Should you win the title of Watermelon Queen, don’t take it for granted as it’s a once in a lifetime chance.
DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE WATERMELON INDUSTRY IN THE FUTURE?
I want to be a nurse and I see myself promoting health and watermelon will be one of my go-tos. And I can talk about how I was once a National Watermelon Queen!
National Watermelon Association
The National Watermelon Association is a voluntary, membership trade association dedicated to making a positive difference in the business and lives of its Watermelon family – those involved in the growing, grading, handling, transporting, distributing, and selling of watermelon.
Watermelon Associations by State
Alabama Watermelon Association
Florida Watermelon Association
Georgia Watermelon Association
Illiana (Illinois-Indiana) Watermelon Association
Mar-Del (Maryland-Delaware) Watermelon Association
North Carolina Watermelon Association
South Carolina Watermelon Association
Texas Watermelon Association
Western Watermelon Association
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